The Journal of Ethics

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 63–91 | Cite as

A Lockean Argument for Black Reparations

  • Bernard R. Boxill


This is a defense of blackreparations using the theory of reparations setout in John Locke's The Second Treatise ofGovernment. I develop two mainarguments, what I call the ``inheritanceargument'' and the ``counterfactual argument,''both of which have been thought to fail. In nocase do I appeal to the false ideas that presentday United States citizens are guilty ofslavery or must pay reparation simply becausethe U.S. Government was once complicit in thecrime.

compensation John Locke reparation right of inheritance Jeremy Waldron 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard R. Boxill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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